Truth be told, buying shoes isn’t just a luxury. With the right kind of shoes, we can protect our feet from a lot of foot problems and diseases; with the right kind of shoes, you can look taller with a better posture; and with the right kind of shoes, our overall outfit can look complete and classy.
One very interesting type of shoe is the rocker sole or rocker bottom shoe. It is “a shoe which has a thicker-than-normal sole with rounded heel. Such shoes ensure the wearer does not have flat footing along the proximal-distal axis of the foot. The shoes are generically known by a variety of names including round bottom shoes, round/ed sole shoes, and toning shoes, but also by various brand names. Tyrell & Carter identified at least six standard variations of the rocker sole shoe and named them: toe-only rocker, rocker bar, mild rocker, heel-to-toe rocker, negative heel rocker and double rocker,” as Wikipedia chronicled.
Celine from Australia purchased her first rocker sole shoes in the ‘90s, “I’ve heard about it from runner friends who always know the latest trends in the shoe business. I bought one because I wanted to have a pair of shoes that is not too flat as I feel pain whenever I wear super flat sneakers. I can’t run for too long when I know that at any moment, I can easily walk on something that can wound me—and knowing that flat footwear cannot protect me well, I get too careful and conscious that my running speed is somehow compromised. With rocker sole shoes, I know I am protected because of the thickness of the bottom of the shoes. I also feel more confident wearing them. They also last longer than regular shoes because they were created to endure.”
Flora, another fan of women’s rocker shoes, also bought a pair in 2000, “While I wasn’t really a fan of rubber shoes in general, I like rocker bottom shoes because they give you some form of elevation. All my footwear has at least 2 inches of heels, and I love that rocker shoes offer that, too. They are comfortable too and they don’t hurt my feet. I also read that they are good for people with lower back pain so I immediately bought one when I found that out.”
Rocker shoes for men are available too. Dan, a tri-athlete, prefers wearing his rocker shoes on sporting events, “Compared to flat sneakers, rocker shoes are more durable. And because I am into extreme sports, I need a footwear that can withstand all the hurdles I try to overcome.”